Indian cricket has changed dramatically from previous standards, and young people have begun to focus on the game rather than their schoolwork, which is startling. Many families used to be afraid of leaving their children to flourish in sports, but things have changed, and many parents now prefer sports over schoolwork.
The popularity of the IPL was the catalyst for the game’s emergence. In the past, Indian cricket was different, and only a few players made it to the international stage without first attending college.
Here are the 5 Indian cricket legends who do not have degrees:
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, and he holds the majority of the records.
The 47-year-old has represented India in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals, and one Twenty20 International, scoring 15,926, 18,426, and 10 runs in those forms, respectively.
The master blaster is the only batsman in history to score 100 centuries in international cricket and was the first batter to get a double century in one-day internationals.
Sachin has progressed through the levels of school cricket, and at the age of 14, he was invited up to the Mumbai Ranji Cricket squad. He made his India debut at the age of 16 and continued to play cricket till he retired. Sachin opted to focus on cricket rather than education after failing the HSC test for the 10th class.
2. Shikhar Dhawan
The Delhi left-hand opener has been a regular for India in one-day internationals for a long time and has also had a fruitful career in the 50-over format. After making his debut in 2010, he has 5808 runs in 139 ODIs and has established one of the most successful opening pairs in Indian cricket history with Rohit Sharma. In his career, he has achieved 17 centuries and 30 fifties for an average of 45.
Dhawan attended St. Marks Senior Secondary Public School in Paschim Vihar, Delhi, but had to drop out after 12th grade to concentrate on his cricket career. With 505 runs from seven innings in the 2004 U-19 World Cup for India, he still maintains the record for most runs in a single tournament.
3. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya, India’s leading all-rounder in the modern period, came from impoverished beginnings and was unable to pass his Class 9 exams, forcing him to drop out after his school demands payments (which according to the cricketer, they had agreed to waive off at the beginning).
4. MS Dhoni
According to multiple reports, Dhoni failed or did not show up for his semester examinations in 2010 in the first year of his B Com at St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, due to his hectic schedule as the Indian cricket captain. He then failed his Bachelor of Business Management and Secretarial Practice first semester examinations. The college denied him his graduation degree in 2013.
5. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is the finest match-winner India has ever produced, and he has always set the bar extremely high. The right-hander is one of the few batters in international cricket history to average more than 50 in all forms. He had crushed the bowlers and was one of the most talented batters of the decade. When he retires, he is expected to shatter the majority of the game’s records.
Kohli finished his education at Savior Convent Secondary School in Paschim Vihar, Delhi, and opted to drop out after the 12th grade.
His great career, though, will go down as one of the best ever, and he is currently the captain of the Indian cricket team. The 33-year-old is one of the most physically fit cricketers on the planet.